Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Maternity Leave

Treasury written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Mhairi Black Mhairi Black Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide financial support to self-employed mothers whose average earnings will be less as a result of taking maternity leave during the timeframe for eligibility for accessing the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has been designed to deliver support as quickly and effectively as possible to millions of individuals. The Government understands the challenges faced by those with periods of maternity leave and the existing averaging calculation takes account of periods of reduced profits. The Government will continue to work with stakeholders to make sure funding reaches those who need it most, keeping all policies under review, while ensuring that any potential changes do not risk the wider delivery of Government schemes.

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